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+ - Hiding a WiFi Pineapple in a Carbon Monoxide detector->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Hiding penetration tools is a tough challenge for any security researchers. At the Defcon conference this past weekend, Hak5's Darren Kitchen showed off a case for his WiFi Pineapple pentesting device that looked a whole lot like a Carbon Monoxide detector

"Who will be the asshat that unplugs a CO2 monitor at a client site?" Kitchen said /blockquote?

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Comment: Cheaters (Score 3, Insightful) 266

The underlying problem here is that prohibition is a failed policy, and yet another form of moral panic.

As such, the DEA has an impossible task (enforcing the failed policy), and yet also knows that everything they do to enforce that policy is Right (justified by the moral panic).

Hence, they will cheat once, they will cheat always, they will make deals with the Devil, just to "win".

And this is the modus operandi for an organization that operates a fleet of drones.

+ - What would it cost to build a Windows version of the pricey new Mac Pro?->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and flexible computer Apple has ever created, and it’s also extremely expensive — or is it? With a price tag that can climb up around $10,000, Apple’s latest enterprise workhorse clearly isn’t cheap. For businesses with a need for all that muscle, however, is that steep price justifiable or is there a premium “Apple tax” that companies will have to pay? Shortly after the new Mac Pro was finally made available for purchase last week, one PC enthusiast set out to answer that question and in order to do so, he asked another one: How much would it cost to build a comparable Windows 8 machine?..."
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Comment: Re:Freaking Amazing (Score 1) 218

by Avidiax (#43086099) Attached to: Canon Shows the Most Sensitive Camera Sensor In the World

Don't be jealous. Canon has been years behind Nikon for quite a while (if you believe DxoMark). There's very little image quality difference between the 7d/60d/50d/t4i/t3i/t2i, despite that these models span 5 years of development. Canon's sensor technology has hit a plateau for several years now.

Nikon is using Sony sensors that are really excellent. Nikon's APS-C D3200 performs comparably to Canon's 35mm 5D Mark III.

This may be the first sign that Canon will eventually catch up, but this sensor is really for a video camera only. We can't extrapolate to any DSLR improvements yet.

Comment: It's not free (Score 2) 210

by Avidiax (#43050275) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Projects For a Heap of Tech Junk?

Every time I see a post like this, I'm reminded that I have been down this road myself, and seen my family members suffer for it.

If this is tempting, be honest with yourself, and look at your track record. I'll bet that you have alot of parts lying around for projects that are still "in progress". You have a reason that they are still "in progress", but realistically, you are never going to complete it. They are all waiting on something, and that thing they are waiting on is not actually in progress.

Now you want to take in enough derelict electronics to fill a shipping container, because having 53, low power, invisible, assorted brands and designs of IR lasers, still buried inside their cases, is somehow better than not having them.

Do yourself a favor and tell your "friend" to hire an electronics disposal company. He should be paying you to take all that crap off his hands.

When the day comes that a flyback transformer or DVD laser is the last part needed to complete your Tesla coil or whatever, $5 in gas money and Craigslist will get you your part.

Comment: Don't do it! It's not "free"! (Score 1) 2

by Avidiax (#43015351) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Projects for a heap of junk?

I have been down this road myself, and seen my family members suffer for it.

Be honest with yourself, and look at your track record. I'll bet that you have alot of cruft lying around for projects that are still "in progress". You have a reason that they are still "in progress", but realistically, you are never going to complete it. They are all waiting on something, and that thing they are waiting on is not actually in progress.

Now you want to take in enough derelict electronics to fill a shipping container, because having 53, low power, invisible, assorted brands and designs of IR lasers, still buried inside their cases, is somehow better than not having them.

Do yourself a favor and tell your "friend" to hire an electronics disposal company. He should be paying you to take all that crap off his hands.

When the day comes that a flyback transformer or DVD laser is the last part needed to complete your Tesla coil or whatever, $5 in gas money and Craigslist will get you your part.

Science

+ - We Aren't the World: changing how scientists think about human behavior, culture->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "This is just fascinating: Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics, and explain why social science studies of Westerners — and Americans in particular — don't really tell us about the human condition: "Given the data, they concluded that social scientists could not possibly have picked a worse population from which to draw broad generalizations. Researchers had been doing the equivalent of studying penguins while believing that they were learning insights applicable to all birds.""
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Japan

+ - Nuclear power hazardous to nuclear family->

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mdsolar
mdsolar writes "Atomic Divorce is the new name for the crushing of the nuclear family in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. ""People are living with constant low-level anxiety. They don't have the emotional strength to mend their relationships when cracks appear," [...] Couples are being torn apart over such issues as whether to stay in the area or leave, what to believe about the dangers of radiation, whether it is safe to get pregnant and the best methods to protect children. "When people disagree over such sensitive matters, there's often no middle way,"" According to Noriko Kubota, a professor of clinical psychology at Iwaki Meisei University."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft admits to being hacked too->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Once upon a time, Microsoft claimed that falling prey to social engineering tactics and then being hacked was a "rookie mistake." But now is the time for companies to jump on the bandwagon, to admit they were targeted by cyberattacks and successfully infiltrated. The stage is so crowded with 'giants' at this point, that there are fewer 'bad press' repercussions than if only one major company had admitted to being breached. Microsoft now admitted, hey we were hacked too.

"As reported by Facebook and Apple, Microsoft can confirm that we also recently experienced a similar security intrusion," wrote Matt Thomlinson, General Manager of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Security. Unlike the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal there was no mention of Chinese hackers. Is there a moral to these sad tales? Perhaps only that anyone can become a victim.

However, back in 2011, John Howie, Microsoft's senior director in the Online Services Security & Compliance (OSSC) team, basically claimed that unlike RSA or Sony, Microsoft sites are unhackable and can't be DDoSed. In regards to the breach at RSA, Howie told Computing News, "RSA got hacked because someone got socially engineered and opened a dodgy email attachment. A rookie mistake." Furthermore "Sony was coded badly and failed to patch its servers. These are rookie mistakes." Howie added, "At Microsoft we have robust mechanisms to ensure we don't have unpatched servers. We have training for staff so they know how to be secure and be wise to social engineering.""

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Comment: Re:Enforcement (Score 1) 297

by Avidiax (#42912973) Attached to: Congress Takes Up Online Sales Tax

Most states already do this. They call it a "use tax". The only trouble with it is that everyone is already guilty of evading this tax. If you ever bought anything online and didn't pay tax, if you ever bartered or paid cash for something on Craigslist, if you ever bought an item in state A that has a lower tax than your current state B, etc.

Comment: Not a cure (Score 5, Informative) 97

by Avidiax (#42792159) Attached to: Glasses That Hack Around Colorblindness

These glasses don't cure colorblindness at all. They allow some colorblind people to pass some color-blindness tests by making them literally blind to certain colors (by filtering them with the lenses). The article mentioned that a person shouldn't drive with one version of these glasses because they'd be unable to see a yellow traffic light.

These glasses are interesting for other reasons, but they are not a practical cure for color blindness.

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